Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service

Crime by swastika-scrawling thieves was staged in insurance scam, police allege. (Originated from Knight-Ridder Newspapers)

    COOPER CITY, Fla. _ When someone ransacked and scrawled black swastikas all over Jerry and Jamie Roedel's Cooper City home, neighbors, religious leaders and politicians joined together to eradicate the hate they thought had intruded into their city. 
    Now after an eight-month investigation, police say the vandalism wasn't a hate crime at all _ it was an alleged attempt by Jamie Roedel to milk sympathy from an unsuspecting community while scamming the couple's insurance company for $28,000. 
    Cooper City police on Tuesday took Jamie Roedel into custody on charges of grand theft and filing false insurance claims, Detective Robert Cates said Thursday. He said an arrest warrant also has been issued for Jerry Roedel in connection with the incident. … 

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